Parry Sound is a great place to see a wide variety of boats - check out the following locations:
1. Wander down to Sail Parry Sound for sail boats
2. To see some really big sail boats, drive over to Sound Boat Works
3. Watch out the windows of 40 Bay Street B&B to see the pleasure craft pull up for fuel at Parry Sound Marina
4. Along the Fitness Trail, you can see icebreakers and tug boats at the Coast Guard base
5. At the very end of Bay Street, is Big Sound Marina, Parry Sound's transient marina where you can see some pretty nice "cabin cruisers"
6. Parry Sound has two cruise boats, located in the town dock area - the Island Queen and the M.V. Chippewa
Georgian Bay is home of the 30,000 Islands, the world’s largest freshwater archipelago and a designated Biosphere Reserve. Sightseeing among these islands is a popular activity for tourists and residents alike.
Located on the east side of Georgian Bay, these islands are part of the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. They were created when glaciers scraping across the bedrock during the last ice age exposed the granite.
One of the most stunning sights is called the “Hole in the Wall”. It is a very narrow channel between two islands that is 34 meters wide (at its narrowest point) and only 4 meters deep. The cliffs of the neighbouring islands reach about 24 meters, and create many crevices for the iconic windswept white pine trees to grow
It is approximately 8 kilometers from Parry Sound and 4 kilometers from Killbear Provincial Park.
Did you know the Festival of the Sound (FOS) started out as an intimate concert organized at a local cottage? As it grew, it moved to the gymnasium at the Parry Sound High School and then into its home at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts. It went from a weekend to a 3 week event hosting musicians from all over the world.
To celebrate the 36th season, the Festival has organized a spectacular Opening Weekend.
Starting with a gala fundraising dinner and concert “Classics by Candlelight” on July 17th, the featured musicians will be playing some of their personal favourite pieces.
While many people consider the May long weekend as the official start to summer, Parry Sounders know better!
Our official start is on June 1st at 1:00 p.m., when the blast of the Island Queen’s horn announces her first cruise of the year. Due to our long and very cold winter, Georgian Bay temperatures out on the Bay are only 4 degrees C, so if you plan on going, dress in layers so you can comfortably spend time out on the deck.
June 5 – 14th is National Paddling Week, and in addition to White Squall Paddling Centre, which is open 7 days a week and offers free opportunities to try out paddling, there are two special events happening in Parry Sound.
National Paddling Week is kicked off with WoW – Women on Water – June 5 - 7th. an annual event hosted by Ontario Sea Kayak Centre. From beginners to advanced paddlers, this women-only skills weekend is an empowering and fun experience.